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Body Found In Building’s Backyard Was Likely “In Contact With” CTA Train

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene after her body was found in a local apartment building’s backyard. According to the CTA, the victim’s death likely involved an express purple line train.

Chicago police said that a resident in the apartment complex on the 1300 block of W North Shore in Rogers Park, which is just outside of the Edgewater neighborhood and near the Loyola red line station, informed them by phone about the situation around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday evening Oct. 29.

The 21-year-old woman was found unresponsive in a space which is located beneath the CTA tracks that services the red, purple and yellow line trains. This prompted the CTA to put out a statement saying that the person was likely “in contact with” a purple line express train.

The death is being investigated by authorities as they try to figure out how the woman’s body came to rest at the scene. It remains unclear whether she was hit by the train or fell from one of its cars.

CTA service was completely halted on the affected line by 8 p.m. Northbound red line trains returned to normal service at 9:15 p.m. but southbound trains ran express between Howard and Wilson. Purple line trains also resumed service at that time with delays.

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